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  • heroin and opioid addiction

    Heroin and Opioid Painkillers: Is There a Difference?

    August 17, 2017

    With today’s heroin epidemic rising significantly, it’s easy to say that too many Americans are experiencing the effects of current or past heroin abuse. However, it is not only heroin that friends and family need to worry about. Opioid painkiller abuse is also taking a heart-w...

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  • zen meditation

    Zen Meditation Benefits in Recovery

    August 10, 2017

    Zen meditation benefits people all over the world, but it can be especially helpful for individuals in recovery. Addiction to drugs and alcohol doesn’t just damage your body, it wreaks havoc on your mind and spirit. Individuals that fall victim to addiction often begin using recreational...

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  • practicing self-love

    Practicing Self-Love: A Journey Through Fear and Uncertainty

    July 14, 2017

    I was an addict before I even knew what addiction was. From the time I was a child, I indulged. I over indulged in almost everything I could. I would play video games through the night and watch the sunrise through the window. Obsessing over practicing my soccer kicks until my parents drag...

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  • finding a higher power

    Finding A Higher Power: A Spiritual, Not Religious Process

    June 13, 2017

    A Spiritual Rather Than a Religious Program When it comes to recovery, the program maintains a focus that is spiritually-based as opposed to religiously-based. Finding a higher power is of the utmost importance to the successful practice of a recovery program. We require simply the belief ...

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  • Loss in Recovery and How to Handle It

    May 30, 2017

    Loss and the subsequent feelings of sadness are as much a part of life as breathing. It is an unavoidable and unfortunate truth that remains prevalent even when we find ourselves in a program of recovery. There are many different ways one may experience loss, and all the feelings that come...

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  • airline drug testing

    Airline Drug Testing Not Required for Pilots’ Physical Exams

    April 13, 2017

    While airline drug testing can test for the usual suspects—alcohol, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana—the same cannot be said for synthetic opioids like fentanyl and oxycodone. A bit more disconcerting is the fact that airline drug testing is also run on an optional basis when it comes to...

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  • Can Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention Be Used with Prayer?

    March 24, 2017

    Mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP) is an addiction treatment approach originated in 2010 by the late Alan Marlatt and his research team at the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington. The secular program caters to each individual’s needs, but what hap...

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  • ptsd and alcoholism

    Drinking Alcohol Can Worsen PTSD, Study Finds

    February 16, 2017

    Downing alcoholic drinks to drown out painful memories may end up doing just the opposite, according to new research. In experiments involving mice, alcohol was found to strengthen emotional memories linked to fear, according to a John Hopkins University study recently published online in ...

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  • Wrap up National Recovery Month by Celebrating Your Recovery

    October 3, 2016

    If you’ve been following some of our series or featured articles on Pathway to Hope, then you’ve probably learned about celebrities who are in recovery, how to fight the custody battle after treatment, or how young adults are affected by peer pressure in places or relationships deemed ...

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  • Dual Diagnosis

    Dual Diagnosis: The Root of Addiction?

    September 22, 2016

    Dual-diagnosis often comes with a long line of misconceptions. More often than not, drug addicts tend to have an underlying mental illness along with their addiction that, if not diagnosed and treated, further drug abuse, relapse, and/or mental torment may result no matter how much therapy...

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